It's difficult to believe that Tejas was Shit in Aug-2014 and while SP 01 was given to IAF -Jan 2015. There was an issue with IAF accepting Tejas, There were deep pockets in IAF to ignore LCA ... You can find issues with F35 but the USA has gone as per their induction plan. Now with active social media participants, these Dalals are getting banged nicely ...
Atmanirbhar Bharat: Indigenous LCA to foster local industry, says R Madhavan CMD, HAL
View of a former CMD of HAL
Sharing his view with Financial Express Online, former CMD of HAL Dr RK Tyagi says, “It will create an excellent ecosystem with HAL, BEL, L&T and other 160 plus Indian Companies and S/MSMEs.” Adding, “As Chairman HAL, IOC (initial operational clearance) was achieved on Dec 20, 2013. And, we delivered first Series Production aircraft (SP-1) to Air Chief Arup Raha and it was in the presence of Manohar Parrikar, the then Defence Minister on Jan 17, 2015 (in just 13 months).”
Regardless of whether it's a failed design or not, it will help the industry. The point is whether it will succeed or fail in the battlefield, 'cause the repercussions there are different and far, far greater than making some businessmen rich.
With both LCA and F-35, money, politics and pride are playing a decisive factor. In our case it works out 'cause the enemy is weaker and an upgraded jet is a suitable Mig-21 replacement, in the US' case, they got the money to make an alternative, which is happening. India's just made a begger's choice.
Anyway in 2014, the amount of information out was limited. We only had the IOC-2 at the time and the journey to FOC was actually very hard. It still doesn't change the fact that the design is inadequate. We will most likely see the Mk1/As turned into drones during their MLUs, we can't afford risking pilot lives on them by that time.